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My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

KENTWOOD, Mich.—TGI Fridays in Kentwood will be transformed into a drink-mixing Mecca next week, all for a good cause.

The restaurant, located at 3345 28th Street, is hosting a bartending competition for hunger relief.  Mixologists will show off their skills, pouring specialty drinks to guests.  Patrons can also take part in an auction, with proceeds benefitting the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.  DJ Sean Boney will be mixing the music for the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

Proposal for Alpine Avenue Tim Hortons renewed

Proposal for Alpine Avenue Tim Hortons renewed

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— When it comes to bringing Tim Hortons to Alpine Avenue, the third time may be the charm.

A proposal for a Tim Hortons along the busy corridor is being renewed by a different developer. Visser Development, Inc. will present its preliminary plan to the Alpine Township Planning Commission on Thursday, Feb. 20.  Visser Development President Bill Mast says his company wants to work with the township and a local franchisee to transform the empty union hall at 4235 Alpine Ave. NW into a Tim Hortons restaurant, complete with a drive-through.

Restaurant closes after less than a year in business

Restaurant closes after less than a year in business

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.--  Alpine Township officials are stumped as to why a new restaurant in Alpine Avenue shut its doors for good.

Leasing information has already been posted over the sign for Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet, located at 3725 Alpine Ave. NW.  Robert Devereaux, code enforcement officer for Alpine Township, says he was called to the business in November 2013 to check the utilities because of freezing temperatures.  During his inspection, he noticed the restaurant was closed.

The owners of Teppanyaki Grill & Buffet took out permits to remodel the space in July 2012.  Devereaux says the final building inspection happened in January 2013, and the restaurant held its grand opening shortly thereafter.  Devereaux suspects the restaurant closed about nine months later, but no one contacted the township.

Get dinner and a movie while helping schools Jan. 25

Get dinner and a movie while helping schools Jan. 25

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Comstock Park Parent-Teacher Organization is inviting families for a night out to help the schools.

The Comstock Park PTO Annual Night Out will take place Saturday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Wave Room at Celebration Cinema North.  The event includes dinner catered by Twisted Rooster followed by a private screening of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”.  An auction to benefit school programs is also planned.

ChoiceOne Bank is one of the sponsors of the event, contributing $1,500.

 “The Annual Night Out event is focused on the Comstock Park schools and community. We are pleased to be a part of such a generous and exciting event,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and CEO Jim Bosserd.

Tickets to the Night Out are $30 per person or $25 each for two or more, and can be purchased in advance by contacting Julie Couturier at (616) 889-8490 or jcouturier7282@gmail.com.

IHOP preps patrons for Pancake Bowl

IHOP preps patrons for Pancake Bowl

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—IHOP is getting in on the bowl season by hosting its first ever Pancake Bowl.

With the return of all you can eat pancakes at IHOP, participating restaurants are inviting patrons to join a pancake eating contest.  Those interested can enter the competition by ordering all you can eat pancakes at a participating IHOP restaurant now through Jan. 26.  The patrons who down the most buttermilk pancakes will earn a spot on the Pancake Bowl leader board.  The top scoring pancake eater at reach restaurant will receive bragging rights and free pancakes for one year.

On Feb. 1, the top 10 pancake eaters in the Grand Rapids area will compete in the Pancake Bowl.  The winner will receive a $500 IHOP gift card.

IHOP has four locations in the Grand Rapids area, including:

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

Kent District Library putting the 'pub' back in public library

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—The Kent District Library is putting the “pub” in public library starting next month.

With the growing popularity of the craft beer industry in West Michigan, KDL decided to begin offering free home brewing classes, brewery tours, brewery book discussions and beer tastings in January and February 2014. 

For more information and to register for certain programs, visit the library website here or call (616) 784-2007.

Rockford Brewing Co. Tour

Get a "backstage pass" and see how Rockford Brewing Co. makes its signature beers such as Rogue River Brown, Sheehan's Irish Stout and Hoplust IPA. After the tour, show your library card to get a special deal on beer tasting and learn about KDL materials for loan that focus on beer and home brewing. Tour and talk will be held at Rockford Brewing Co., 12 E. Bridge St. on Jan. 15 and Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m.